|Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 45th district
January 3, 2001
|Preceded by||Ember Reichgott Junge|
|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 46A district
January 8, 1985 – January 2, 2001
|Preceded by||Dorothy Hokr|
|Succeeded by||Mark Thompson|
April 24, 1942 |
|Political party||Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party|
|Residence||New Hope, Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University
University of Chicago
University of Minnesota
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Ann H. Rest (born April 24, 1942) is a Minnesota politician and senate pro tempore of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she represents District 45, which includes portions of the western suburbs of Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metro area.
Early life, education, and career
Rest attended Rich Township High School in Park Forest, Illinois, graduating in 1960, then went on to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she received her B.A. in Latin and Greek. She then attended the University of Chicago on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and earned a M.A. in Latin and Greek. She later received an M.A. in Teaching from Harvard University, a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government through a Bush Fellowship. She is a retired Certified Public Accountant.
Before being elected to the Senate, Rest represented District 46A in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 16 years, being first elected in 1984, and re-elected in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998. She was an assistant majority leader of the House from 1989 to 1991. She chaired the House Tax Committee from 1993 to 1997, and the House Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee from 1997 to 1999. She chaired the Senate State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee from 2007 to 2011.
Her special legislative concerns include tax policy, education funding, and transportation.
Rest has been active on numerous government and community boards through the years. She is a member of the 2020 Conference, of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, and of the Committee on Economic Development, Workforce Development and Labor of the Council of State Governments. She serves on Minnesota's Legislative Audit Commission and on the Victory Memorial Drive Advisory Task Force. She was a member of the Minnesota Statehood Sesquicentennial Commission (2006–2008), and of the Minnesota Delegation to the Great Lakes Commission. She is a founding member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus. She was also a member of the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation, the Minnesota Capitol Area Architectural Planning Board, and the Minnesota Commission on the Economic Status of Women.
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- Ann Rest at Minnesota Legislators Past & Present
- Senator Ann Rest official Minnesota Senate website
- Minnesota Public Radio Votetracker: Senator Ann Rest
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Ann Rest Profile